International Studies (INS)

College of Liberal Studies
Director: Eric Kraemer
245E Graff Main Hall,
(608) 785-8424
email: kraemer.eric@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/ls/programs/intlstudies.html

International Studies Minor

(All colleges) - 24 credits from approved curriculum, not including courses counted toward the major. Upon declaring the minor, each student consults with the director of International Studies and prepares an individual course of study with the director approval. Each individualized plan is subject to the following requirements:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, 3 credits: and
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course list including 6-12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues (courses which focus on transregional zones or on issues which are transregional in scope); and 6-12 credits from at least two departments selected from international studies Category II, List A: National and Regional topics (courses which focus on issues which are national or regional in scope)
  3. INS 495, 3 credits capstone course
  4. proficiency in a foreign language demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent; and
  5. 12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

Students are encouraged to design a program with a focus that reflects their particular interests. The two emphases that follow are examples of such focus.

International Studies Minor: European Emphasis

Complete the international studies minor with the following specifications:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, 3 credits: and
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course lists, specifically including: 6 credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues; AND 12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category II, List B: European emphasis courses on national and regional topics.
  3. INS 495, 3 credits capstone course;
  4. proficiency in a European language demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent; and
  5. 12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

International Studies Minor: Latin American Emphasis

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Complete the International Studies minor with the following specifications:

  1. POL/GEO/ECO/SOC/ANT/HIS 202, 3 credits: and
  2. 18 credits from approved international studies course lists, including: 6 credits from at least two departments selected from Category I: Global Issues; AND 12 credits from at least two departments selected from Category II, specifically including SPA 321 and at least 6 credits from Category II, List C: Latin American Emphasis courses. (An additional course may come from Category II, List A.)
  3. INS 495, 3 credits Capstone course;
  4. proficiency in a Latin American language demonstrated through completion of 202 level course work or equivalent; and
  5. 12 credits must be at 300 level or above.

Category I: Global Issues

Note that (P) indicates prerequisite required in the department in order to enroll for this course.  Check the university catalog of courses for listing or particular prerequisite.

ACC 447 (P)
ANT 300 (P), 444
ARC 200, 204
ART 201
BUS 240
CST 332 (P)
ECO 120, 306 (P), 311 (P), 340 (P), 375 (P), 411 (P)
ENG 208 (P), 342 (P), 347 (P), 469 (P)
ESS 346
FIN 440 (P), 477 (P)
FRE 220
GEO 110, 300, 306 (P), 307
HED 486 (P)
HIS 101 or 102 (may count in the minor only if not used to fulfill general education requirements), 204, 205, 311, 330
INS 250, 251 (P), 252 (P)
MGT 360 (P), 405 (P), 430 (P), 431 (P), 484 (P)
MKT 341 (P), 445 (P)
MLG 299
PHL 220 (P), 230 (P), 245 (P), 349 (P), 350 (P), 401 (P)
POL 234, 246 (P), 330 (P), 341 (P), 344 (P), 345 (P), 351 (P), 353 (P), 355 (P), 443 (P)
PSY 280 (P), 382 (P)
SOC 305 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 480 (P)
W-S 410 (P)

Category II: National and Regional Topics

List A: General Course List

ANT 285, 342, 353, 354 (P), 355 (P)
ARC 265 (P), 275 (P), 385, 331 (cross-listed with HIS) ,332 (cross-listed with HIS), 340, 350 (P),353, 365 (cross-listed with HIS), 366 (cross-listed with HIS), 372 (cross-listed with HIS)
ART 351 (P), 352 (P), 353 (P), 354 (P)
CST 414 (P)
ENG 203 (P), 204 (P), 205 (P), 206 (P), 363 (P), 364 (P), 366 (P), 434 (P), 463 (P), 464 (P), 466 (P), 467 (P)
FRE 305 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 321 (P), 325 (P), 326 (P), 404 (P), 405 (P), 406 (P), 407 (P), 495 (P)
GER 301 (P), 315 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 400 (P), 401 (P), 403 (P), 406 (P), 420 (P), 491 (P), 495 (P)
SPA 305 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 326 (P), 390 (P), 401 (P), 402 (P), 403 (P), 420 (P), 421 (P), 440 (P), 441 (P)
GEO 304, 312, 316, 317, 328, 331
HIS 230, 240, 250, 314, 323, 327, 328, 329, 331(cross-listed with ARC), 332 (cross-listed with ARC), 334, 335, 337, 338, 349, 357, 365, (cross-listed with ARC), 366 (cross-listed with ARC), 372 (cross-listed with ARC)
INS 225, 230 (taught in Scotland)
MKT 440 (P)
MLG 491 (P)
MUS 201, 202 (P), 204 301 (P), 302 (P), 403 (P), 407 (P)
PHL 205 (P), 206 (P), 245 (P), 323 (P)
POL 333 (P), 336 (P), 337 (P), 338 (P), 339 (P)
THA 250 251 350 351

List B: European Emphasis

ANT 342
ARC 275 (P), 331, 332
ART 351 (P), 352 (P), 353 (P), 354 (P)
ENG 203 (P), 204 (P), 205 (P), 206 (P), 363 (P), 364 (P), 366 (P), 463 (P), 464 (P), 466 (P), 467 (P)
FRE 305 (P), 315 (P),  320 (P), 325 (P), 326 (P), 404 (P), 405 (P), 406 (P), 407 (P)
GER 301 (P), 315 (P), 320 (P), 326 (P), 351 (P), 400 (P), 401 (P), 403 (P), 406 (P), 420 (P)
SPA 320 (P), 401 (P), 402 (P), 403 (P), 440 (P), 441 (P)
GEO 304
HIS 230, 240, 323, 331(cross-listed with ARC), 332(cross-listed with ARC), 339, 346, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 354, 355
INS 230 (taught in Scotland)
MKT 440 (P)
MUS 201, 202 (P), 30 (P), 302 (P), 403 (P), 407 (P)
PHL 205 (P), 206 (P), 323 (P)
POL 335, 338 (P)
THA 250, 251,350

List C: Latin American Emphasis

ANT 285, 353, 354 (P)
ARC 285
SPA 321 (P), 390 (P), 420 (P), 421 (P)
GEO 316, 317
HIS 341, 342, 344, 356
MUS 204
PHL 245 (P)
POL 339 (P)

Additional course which may be available for International Studies credit.   Students may obtain credit for the following courses by making application to the director of International Studies.  The director will determine the placement of the course into the above categories (depending upon course content) and the credit to be applied toward the minor.  Please not that most of these courses have prerequisites.

ACC 450
BUS 400
CHI 398
EFN 495
ENG 348, 403, 494, 495
ESS 395
FLG 491
FRE 351, 403, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499
GEO 470, 475, 490, 495
GER 450, 498, 499
HIS 497
INS 350, 425, 426, 450
MGT 452
MKT 499
PHL 494, 495
POL 499
PSY 295
SOC 300

+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


INS 225 Cr. 1-3 Seminar in World Area Studies

An interdisciplinary examination of the geography, history, culture, and political, economic and social systems of a particular country or world area. Topics vary. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

INS 226 Cr. 1 Seminar Foreign Study Tour

Group travel to a selected country or world area, to provide direct contact with the geography, history, culture, and political, economic, and social systems of that region. Must be taken concurrently with a university course that includes foreign travel or foreign tour. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.

INS 230 Cr. 3 Introduction to British Life and Civilization

An interdisciplinary survey of the geography, history, culture, and political, economic, and social systems of Great Britain. This course is taught each semester at the Wisconsin In Scotland Study Center in Edinburgh, Scotland and may be offered at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as warranted.

+ INS 250 Cr. 1 Orientation To Study Abroad

This course is required for students accepted into all semester-long study abroad programs offered under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is designed to provide an introduction to the various challenges (cultural, social, linguistic, academic, political, and economic) related to resident study and research in a foreign country. Students learn about stages and theories associated with culture shock, intercultural sensitivity and communication, and reverse culture shock. Students also learn how to apply these theories to their own upcoming international experience. Must complete 250, 251, and 252 to receive General Education credit.

+ INS 251 Cr. 1 Study Abroad Practicum: Journaling

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various stages and theories associated with culture shock, intercultural sensitivity and communication and reverse culture shock presented in INS 250. Through journaling students will apply an understanding of the various stages and theories associated with culture shock to their lived experiences in their host country. To accomplish this, students will complete a series of guided written assignments that deal with these specific topics. Students must complete this course while on study abroad. Prerequisite: INS 250. Must complete 250, 251, and 252 to receive General Education credit.

+ INS 252 Cr. 1 Cross-Cultural Reentry from Study Abroad

This course is designed for students returning from a study abroad experience. This course will review the concept of reentry shock discussed in INS 250, examine the process of reentry, and provide strategies for integrating the study abroad experience with academics, professional goals and personal development. Prerequisite: INS 250 and 251. Must complete 250, 251, and 252 to receive General Education credit.

INS 300 Cr. 3-16 Foreign Study

Resident study for an extended term at an approved university or other institution of higher education outside the U.S. Foreign study programs are available in virtually all major fields and in more than 50 countries around the world. Admission requirements, prerequisite, and costs vary. Complete information is available from the UWL Office of International Education. Upon satisfactory completion of course work abroad, appropriate credits are entered upon the student's permanent record.

INS 350 Cr. 1-6 Independent Foreign Research

An individually designed, directed research project in a foreign country, dealing with a significant research problem. Open to students in any department, the course permits in-depth, independent research using foreign sources, facilities, and resource persons. Requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to work independently. Prerequisite: INS 250, junior/senior standing, and consent of the director of the Office of International Education.

INS 425/525 Cr. 2-3 Interdisciplinary Seminar in International Studies

An in-depth examination of selected topics in international studies. The course is interdisciplinary and organized along thematic lines. Topics vary. Repeatable for credit maximum 6.

INS 426/526 Cr. 1 International Study Tour

Group travel to explore selected topics in international studies. Must be taken concurrently with university course at upper level or graduate level that includes foreign travel or foreign tour. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. Offered occasionally.

INS 450 Cr. 1-6 International Internship

An academically relevant, professional field experience in a foreign country. Students must be approved and advised by the Office of International Education. Determination of relevancy shall be made by the Office of International Education with the advice and consent of the Director of International Studies curriculum. Students are responsible for finding an appropriate faculty adviser to supervise and grade the internship. Language proficiency must be demonstrated where applicable. Students must be on their internship worksite during the semester for which they are registered for academic credit. 1 credit/35 hours of experience. Prerequisite: junior standing and 2.75 cum. GPA or consent of the Office of International Education and INS program. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

INS 495 Cr. 3 Directed Readings in International Studies

Supervised, directed readings on a topic in international studies which is not accommodated by other courses in the university curriculum. Students design individual plans of study in consultation with appropriate faculty. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and of the director of international studies courses.